What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 (NLT)
Terry and I had known each other for 15 days. On this particular day, neither of us knew it, but 15 days later we’d be married. Half way through our courtship, I went to visit Terry. It was Terry’s tradition to go snow skiing during his winter vacation. I was going along for fun but being uninsured and unemployed, I didn’t dare ski. The closest skiing was about a 90-minute drive from Terry’s home.
I hopped in Terry’s red pickup and we took off. Iowa is mostly corn or bean fields—empty fields in December. About 45 minutes into the drive, I had no idea where I was. Out in the middle of nowhere, the thought struck me, I’m in the middle of nowhere with this guy I hardly know. My mom wouldn’t be very happy with me. We kept driving and chatting. As we chatted, Terry put my fears to rest—I realized he loved me. I was in the middle of nowhere with a man I hardly knew—but I was safe. I know some of you find this horrifying, but as one of my friends put it, Terry came “pre-approved.” His aunt set us up and she is quite trustworthy.
I’m not giving marriage advice. I don’t suggest you follow my lead. What I do want you to take from this example is this; love changes everything.
What wonderful news for Monday morning! If God is on your side—what do you have to worry about? Sure, I know there are many things that might have you troubled today. Some of you might be thinking, if you only knew how bad my situation is you would understand why I don’t feel victorious.
My response to that is; where does this passage talk about how you feel?
Here is the truth—the glorious truth of Romans 8—your situation doesn’t matter.
Can you believe God’s word?
Will you believe God’s word?
God loves you so much He sent His Son to die for you. Let me ask you Paul’s question is a little different way; do you think God would squander His Son for no reason? When God sent Jesus, He demonstrated His love for us while we were His enemies. Love like that is love that can be trusted. If God was willing to do that for his enemy, what do you think He’d give His child? (That’s you if you’re a believer!) Christ and the Holy Spirit pray and intercede for the believer—talk about a prayer meeting!
Paul didn’t write these words lightly or without experience. Paul left a comfortable position of a Rabbi in Jerusalem to travel as a missionary for this new and not eagerly accepted Christianity. After his conversion, he spent three years in Arabia. He was imprisoned, abandoned by his close friend, riots broke out in response to his message, Paul was flogged and kicked out of more than one city. When Paul wrote these words, his missionary life was only about half over—he still had many more hardships to come. When he wrote about hardship, famine, nakedness, danger or sword—he knew those things first hand.
Paul also knew it’s in those moments—only in those moments—that you can know you are MORE than a conqueror. What is bigger than you are today? What worry do you have for tomorrow? What situation is too big for you to handle? Notice Paul’s position on this issue. Paul wasn’t a touchy-feely sort of man—this chapter doesn’t have anything to do with how you feel about your predicament. Paul is convinced that God’s love is bigger, mightier, more powerful than anything that would try to come between it and the believer.
Be convinced that God’s love is enough.
When you don’t understand –be convinced of God’s love.
When you can’t see how things will possibly work out for your good—be convinced of God’s love.
When you’ve lost hope in your ability—be convinced of God’s love.
When you are tired and don’t think you can go on—be convinced of God’s love.
Be convinced that nothing – not even death can separate you from God’s love!
What can you say? If God is for you, who can be against you?
Father, when I am overwhelmed by my circumstances, remind me of Your love. When I’m weak and tired—when I’m lazy and distracted, remind me of Your love. When my here and now eclipse the eternal truth of Your love for me, open my eyes to the glory of the love You give me. When I’m tempted to wallow in self-pity, remind me of Your great love for me. Thank you, Jesus for Your sacrifice. Thank you, Father, for your love.
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